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Christmas in Finland

Christmas in Finland

When I decided to move to Oulu from London without my family for a year, I made a deal with my children that we wouldn’t be away from each other for more than 50% of the time. That was before any of...

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Sinun, minun, meidän kulttuurit

Sinun, minun, meidän kulttuurit

Pandemian aikana olemme viettäneet paljon aikaa Paltamon mökillä. Hirvenmetsästyksen aikaan metsäteiden varret ovat täynnä autoja ja oranssitakkisia metsästäjiä koirineen. Metsässä olen kulkenut...

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Year-in-review

Year-in-review

As we’re approaching Christmas and the end of 2020, it’s time to take stock. It’s been an exceptional year, with a global pandemic messing with all of our lives in a big way.  But here in Oulu,...

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Kehitys syntyy kohtaamisissa

Kehitys syntyy kohtaamisissa

  Historia ei toista itseään, mutta historiasta voi silti oppia paljon kehityksen lainalaisuuksista. Suomi oli vuosisatojen ajan syrjäinen Euroopan kehityksen peränpitäjä, vuoroin osa Ruotsia...

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Dark but Safe

Dark but Safe

As we go into November, more and more people are telling me how much they’re dreading the dark season. "Snow would make all the difference,” they routinely add. As I write this there’s no snow in...

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Forests and bank cards

Forests and bank cards

"What are you doing in Ruka?, I asked the young woman who joined me in the hotel sauna. It was a dark autumn day and a cold drizzle had just started outside. “I’m on my summer holiday”, came the...

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Finnish health care: my first experience

Finnish health care: my first experience

Disaster often strikes when you’re on top of the world. In early August I moved to Oulu after a wonderful six-week holiday. Bursting with energy, I was keen to meet my new colleagues and start...

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Why I’ve moved to Oulu?

Why I’ve moved to Oulu?

I moved to London from Budapest when I got my first job with BBC News 23 years ago. I was thrilled. Living in London gave my kids fantastic opportunities: they grew up bilingual in a liberal, open,...

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How I fell in love with Finland

How I fell in love with Finland

I arrived in Finland after three months of living under strict lockdown in London. Covid-19 was spreading like wildfire in Britain, with hundreds of people dying and thousands of new infections...

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